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MIA Student Athletes Honored

Photo by Roger LaLondo
Raoul Rodriguez slams a forehand during a match this season. Named the school’s outstanding tennis player in the annual
sports awards presentation, Rodriguez is
the first MIA player in any sport to reach the state finals.

By Roger LaLonde In the months that followed sports seasons, Marco Island Academy (MIA) held separate award presentations. “We have a tremendous group of student athletes,” Kelly Monnot, athletic director, said. “They are well-rounded students who work hard in the classroom and in athletics.” Monnot thinks the school is headed in the right direction in academics and sports. “The school student numbers are increasing and we are seeing more sports participation. We have many multi-sport athletes,” she said. Monnot is proud of how the students are adapting to the school’s culture. “We expect our athletes to excel in the classroom ... Read More »

Deputy Chief Chris Byrne Retires

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By Samantha Husted On May 31st the City of Marco Island Fire Rescue Department will bid farewell to longtime employee Chris Byrne. Chris started with the fire department as a firefighter in 1983 and rose through the ranks, eventually becoming Deputy Chief. Chris has dedicated himself to the citizens of Marco Island, Collier County and the State of Florida. He has held leadership roles through various task forces, such as the State Coordinator of the Collier County Hazardous Materials District Response Team, the Collier County Marine Emergency Response Team Coordinator, as well as the Commander of the Collier County Strike ... Read More »

Lely Passes Spring Test

Bodies fly as Lely stops a Blanche Ely drive.

By Roger LaLonde There were both good and bad plays, but more good ones, in Lely’s 33-27 win over Blanche Ely in its spring game on May 20. Blanche Ely traveled to Lely from Pompano Beach to play in a steady downpour in the first half that saw the Trojans take the lead and stay ahead. Both teams had breakaway plays, yet each had great moments on defense. A major defensive thrust for Lely came as the seconds wound down in the second quarter, but a lapse on defense set up the possible score for Blanche Ely. The Trojans had ... Read More »

A Busy Start to Summer

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Probably most of us have heard about the stem cell procedure, but really don’t know what it is or how it’s done. Although not being really immersed in the subject, I’ve spoken to the owner of Arthrex, the largest company in Collier County, in Florida, and actually one of the largest in the USA (!), who has diligently been working on streamlining the procedure and equipment for the orthopedic surgeons in our community. Here’s what I understand so far. The surgeon takes stem cells from the bone marrow in your hip, and platelets from your blood, which ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Gerard Baio

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What’s Good for the Goose… In March of 2015, a councilor called the Marco Island Police to report violations of excessive noise, disturbance of the peace, and excessive occupancy occurring at a nearby house to which the police responded. Because these disturbing violations continued, the councilor then called the police chief for relief and to restore reasonable peace and quiet. As a result, Councilor Victor Rios made a huge ordeal on how that councilor “abused his position as a councilor” by calling the Police Chief and directing orders to resolve the problems. Last month, Councilor Rios called the Police Chief ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dr. Jerry Swiacki

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On March 21, 2016, I came before City Council as Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee to report on our findings regarding the development of Veterans Community Park. Under the direction of City Council, our committee was instructed to receive citizen input regarding further development of the park. This issue had been an agenda item for PRAC since February 2015 and continues to remain on the agenda. At every meeting citizens were asked for their input regarding their concerns and desires. For the past eight months, there has been considerable outreach by PRAC to several civic organizations and ... Read More »

Marco Makes a Move Or is it just another stalling tactic?

Waterfront real estate advertised at what is becoming Goodland’s new waterfront. Tide can be seen flooding in from the Marco River (upper right), as a stream of water pours in from the Gulf (upper right, middle). Ironically it comes in through a drain installed to remove excess storm/rainwater. (1/17/16)

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn In 2002, the City of Marco Island (CMI) took over jurisdiction and responsibility for Goodland’s only access road. Since that time, due to heavy traffic, frequent flooding, and inadequate maintenance, the road is deteriorating at an alarming rate. I have written four articles in this newspaper about the situation in which the road was rightfully termed “Goodland’s Orphaned Access Road.” Orphaned, because CMI has neither the will nor the money to correct the mounting problems this road poses for Goodland residents. Orphaned, because Collier County (CC), although having the money and the will to fix ... Read More »

Chamber Scholarship Recipients Named

Photos by Don Manley
Scholarship winners, from left: Kathryn Schiller, Michael Scola, Adalid Lora,
Hunter Angersbach and Blake Dehooghe.

By Don Manley Marine biology, advertising and the fashion industry are just a few of the career paths selected by the eight recipients of the 2016 Leadership Marco Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Awards. The winners of $18,000 in scholarships were announced at the Chamber’s May After Five, held at CJ’s on the Bay in the Esplanade Shoppes. The scholarship funds were raised by the Chamber’s Leadership Marco committee through events such as Wet Paint Live. The Chamber’s Education Committee reviews the applications, conducts interviews and selects the recipients. Duneshka Cruz – Marco Island Academy: Will attend the Pennsylvania State University’s ... Read More »

Fourth Annual SUP Poker Run

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Submitted A benefit for the Special Olympics of Collier County will be held Saturday, June 4th. A stand-up paddleboard Poker Run will begin at Capri Fish House on the Isles of Capri. Registration time is from 9 to 9:30 AM. Cost is $50 per entrant and includes event t-shirt, buffet lunch and more. You can register online at www.specialolympicsflorida.org/pokerrun and follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/AnnualSupPokerRun. For registration questions or to learn how to become a sponsor, call 239-450-1304, or email SOCCPokerRun@yahoo.com. Paddleboard and kayak rentals will be available.  Read More »

Fowlers Hit Football Trails to N.C.

Former MIA football coach Greg Fowler making a point to his defensive line.

By Roger LaLonde Greg Fowler and son Andrew will be showing their talents at 1AA North Moore High School in Robbins, North Carolina. Greg Fowler left on May 19 to become the school’s new offensive coordinator. He certainly will know the quarterback, son Andrew. The rest of Fowler’s family will join them after school is out. Andrew transferred to North Moore on May 16 to take part in spring football practices. School enrollment is 630. Greg Fowler resigned as football coach at Marco Island Academy (MIA) following his second football season. Son Andrew led the area in passing yardage for ... Read More »

Rose Marina – Growing and Lifting

Rose Marina General Manager Dan High. Submitted Photos

By Maureen Chodaba Originally named the Marco River Marina in 1969, this once small store with just a wooden T-shaped dock, has now blossomed to become the rose of Marco Island; the Rose Marina, to be exact. Located at 951 Bald Eagle Drive, the marina with three acres of waterfront property continues to grow and expand in ways that its namesake, Marco Island’s beloved Renaissance man, Bill Rose, may have never imagined. W.R. “Bill” Rose, an engineer, aviator, Marine, poet, and family man first came to Marco Island in 1956. Rose purchased the marina from its original owners and named ... Read More »

Love Your Beach, Support a Beach Clean-Up

Submitted Photos Publix volunteers, Beach Advisory Committee members, city staff, MICA and local residents at the May 14th beach clean-up.

Submitted Publix Super Market volunteers joined members of the Beach Advisory Committee for the May 14th beach clean-up. Their mission was to collect plastic straws, bottle caps, candy wrappers, cigarette butts, plastic cups and lids and glass bottles. Armed with plastic buckets, grabbers and plastic gloves, this group of determined volunteers wearing their “Love Your Beach” green t-shirts, panned out in all directions. Why is beach clean-up so important? Because we all care about our environment! Nature has given us clean air, clean water, a beautiful pristine beach, all for free. Picking up trash on our beaches once a month, ... Read More »

Locals Learn to Grow Vegetables

The Southwest Florida climate allows year-round gardening. Submitted Photo

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Last month the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department presented a three-part gardening lecture series courtesy of the Collier County Extension Services and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). The presentations covered topics ranging from orchids, the ins and outs of gardening in Southwest Florida and growing vegetables. Coastal Breeze News sat in for the last presentation and learned all about veggies—how to plant them and when to eat them. Growing vegetables in our Southwest Florida climate is much easier than one might think. We have no bothersome snow ... Read More »

Green Thumbs for YMCA Kids

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Donna Hardy Johnston (left) and children from the YMCA after school program care for the garden.

By Don Manley Anticipation is in the air among the children in the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s after school program. The object of their preoccupation can be found outside the rear doors of the Y’s youth development center and a few steps away on the right, where the youths are receiving first-hand experience in growing food, as part of the Y’s new Green Thumb program. Green Thumb is part of the nutrition education portion of the Y’s after-school program in which the children plant seeds and seedlings to raise fruits, vegetables and herbs that when ripe, will be used in ... Read More »

Adopt-A- Thon Finds Homes for 45 Pets

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Submitted Recently, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) held a 33-hour Adopt-A-Thon and found homes for 45 homeless animals. Twenty dogs, 21 cats and four mice found their forever homes during the event. That’s more than half the dogs in the adoption kennel. Three cats waiting for homes for more than a year were among the 21 adopted during the event. Adoption prices were reduced considerably during the event. Dogs could be adopted for $30 ($55 off the usual $85 adoption fee) and cats could be adopted for $20 ($40 off the usual $60 adoption fee). Animals are older than ... Read More »

Last Hurrah for Great Dock Canoe Race?

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By Don Manley Maria Delosh was caught up in the groove as she danced alone to The Jackson 5’s “Let’s Dance and Shout” booming from speakers outside The Dock at Crayton Cove in Naples. She smiled, her umbrella raised in the scorching, Sunday afternoon sun, as around her swirled a festive crowd that was also enjoying the fun at the recent Great Dock Canoe Race. Delosh said she’s been attending the annual, mid-May party since moving to Naples 15 years ago. “It’s the people, the friendliness, everybody’s happy, everybody’s smiling, the canoes, the beautiful decorations,” she said. “Above all, the ... Read More »

Don’t Wait to Evacuate

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By Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino At 6:30 AM on October 24, 2005, Hurricane Wilma made landfall at Cape Romano, seven miles south of Marco Island, with 125 mph winds and torrential rain. Wilma, a Category 3 hurricane, left widespread damage to South Florida that was estimated at $22.3 billion dollars. Approximately 3.2 million South Florida residents were left without power in the days and weeks following the storm. Eleven years later, Florida’s population has grown by 2.1 million, with the majority never having experienced a hurricane. I recommend that all new Florida residents take time to review this hurricane ... Read More »

MIA Students Inducted into NHS

Jenny and Jay Cartwright with daughter Julia before induction ceremonies.

By Barry Gwinn On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Mackle Park was the scene of an impressive induction ceremony for Marco Island Academy (MIA) students, whose achievements and academic records had earned them a spot in the National Honor Society. Established in 1921, the National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. History teacher Lori Galiana and school counselor, Chris Zumstein are the faculty advisors for NHS. They ... Read More »

Photo Contest Winners Celebrated

Photo contest judges (from left) Donna Kay, Barry Howe and Andrea Cooper in front of the winning photos

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com After a three weeklong entry window, the 9th Annual Amateur Wildlife Photo Contest came to a close. The yearly competition is co-sponsored by the City of Marco Island, the Marco Island Historical Museum and the Coastal Breeze News. On May 13th, the winners and their families gathered at the Marco Island Historical Museum for the big reveal. The reception, which was catered by Stonewalls, was well attended. Winners were able to discuss their technique with interested parties and bond over camera preferences. The winning photographs were framed and hung on the wall for all to see, ... Read More »